Club-Admiralty

v6.2.3 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Connectivism: just doesn't hit the nail on the head for me

So here are some thoughts on CCK11 for this first week - I've broken it down to both format and theory.Format:I like the fact that this is a distributed blog MOOC. It gives me an opportunity to see what people are writing on their personal blogs, in addition to the CCK content that they post. It's also a nice way of filtering information for me since I don't have a waterfall of information coming down
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MOOCing about

OK, I stole (errrr....creatively borrowed) the title of this blog post, but I don't remember who posted it first (I'll rectify this in a blog post about CCK11 by Friday.  In any case, with school officially over for me, I got my MA in Applied Linguistics, just waiting for my diploma now, I thought I would mess around with the concept of a Massive Online Open Course (or MOOC).There are two MOOCs
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Tech use in the classroom

Before the new year came in, one of my linguistics professors sent me (and other classmates) an email looking for some feedback.  The question was:  How would you react as a teacher if your students texted, surfed the internet, or did other stuff on their computers during your class?Given that my classmates all come from diverse backgrounds (some in Higher Education, some in K-12, others
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Happy end of the year!

Well, it's been one crazy year! I've managed to complete my final two masters degrees, meet some great colleagues from sister campuses and forged new friendships with classmates in both linguistics and instructional design. My last academic blogpost for the year I've posted over at the UMass Online blog; the topic is Making Services Accessible. Go have a look and post you thoughts on the matter of
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Another crazy semester | done

Well, another crazy semester is now done!This semester was actually quite busy, despite the fact that I started preparing for it over the summer!  I had done most of the readings for my Psycholinguistics course, as well as starting to think about what I wanted to do with my Field Experience Practicum.  Despite all this planning, I ended up taking another route in my practicum, and preparations
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Journal article now (officially) available!

I was looking at the website of the journal (Human Architecture) in which I published an article last summer and I saw that it's out!  The journal hasn't hit SocIndex or EBSCO yet, but I guess it's official :-)Check it out either at okcir.com (link above), or the copy I've placed on my Scribd account
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Less than a month to go!

This is it, the final countdown! (well, OK, may not the final final countdown)I posted something on the UMass Online blog recently, on how great and useful libraries are - check it out here (can't wait to  finish my comprehensive exams!)
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In the thick of it all...

I know, blogs have been neglected...My instapaper list of things to read is getting big...There are quite a few things that I have read and want to comment on...There just isn't that much time!Hmmm...this sort of started out as a poem, it didn't work out that way though ;-)In any case, I'm in the thick of it all, however one way or another December 17th is it! I am taking my comprehensive exams for
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On the importance of orientations

My first blog post for the UMass Online blog is now live, check it out hereI think I may have approached the subject here before, I don't really remember, but orientations are, I think, pretty important when you are entering an academic program.  It really sets the tone for the program, both in term of curriculum and all the administrative minutiae that we as students have to deal with (and if
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Course correction! Ay-Capt'n!

Over the summer I started working on my field experience, one of the last requirement for my MA in Applied Linguistics.  Honestly, last summer I would have preferred to have gotten the practicum waived and taken phonetics and phonemics instead, but now I am glad that I have to take it.  I am getting a lot out of observing a seasoned (and pretty awesome) instructor do what they do best. 
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